Matra BAe Dynamics
Matra BAe Dynamics was formed in August 1996
1996 in aviation
This is a list of aviation-related events from 1996:-February:* February 6 – Turkish charter company Birgenair Flight 301 crashes in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic after takeoff...

 by merger of half the missile business of Matra Defense of France
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 and BAe Dynamics
BAe Dynamics
British Aerospace Dynamics Limited was a division of British Aerospace.-History:British Aerospace was created in April 1977 by the merger of the British Aircraft Corporation, Hawker Siddeley Aviation, Hawker Siddeley Dynamics and Scottish Aviation.-Formation:There were two companies in the...

 (a division of British Aerospace
British Aerospace
British Aerospace plc was a UK aircraft, munitions and defence-systems manufacturer. Its head office was in the Warwick House in the Farnborough Aerospace Centre in Farnborough, Hampshire...

) of the UK
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 and was Europe's largest manufacturer of missiles and UAV
Unmanned aerial vehicle
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British Aerospace had previously sought to merge its missile business with Thomson-CSF
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, the companies announced their plan to create a new combined company called Eurodynamics in 1989. However after more than a year of monopoly investigations the deal collapsed.

The formation of Matra BAe Dynamics was followed in 1997
1997 in aviation
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 by the acquisition of a 30% share of LFK
LFK is a German missile systems company and a subsidiary of EADS. Today officially "MBDA Germany" but better known as LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH...

, an EADS
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 susbsidary. In 2002 Matra BAe Dynamics joined Aerospatiale Matra Missiles (the other half of Matra's missile business) and Alenia Marconi Systems
Alenia Marconi Systems
Alenia Marconi Systems was a major European integrated defence electronics company and an equal shares joint venture between BAE Systems and Finmeccanica until its dissolution on May 3, 2005....

 (missile division only) to form MBDA
MBDA is a missile developer and manufacturer with operations in France, Britain, Germany, Italy, and the United States. It was formed by a merger of Aérospatiale-Matra Missiles , Finmeccanica and Matra BAe Dynamics in December 2001. In 2003 the company had 10,000 employees...

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